The Cobra

The Cobra

Book - 2010
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An extraordinary cutting-edge thriller from the New York Times -bestselling grandmaster of international suspense.

Meticulous research, crisp narratives, plots as current as today's headlines-Frederick Forsyth has helped define the international thriller as we know it. And now he does it again.

What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked.

The war is on-though who the ultimate winner will be, no one can tell...
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2010.
ISBN: 9780399156809
Branch Call Number: FORSYTH
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 24 cm.


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Aug 28, 2015

The grittiest of Forsythe's books so far, even more violent in places than Avenger. As it happens, it features the return of Cal Dexter, prime character of Avenger. But dealing as it does with the Cocaine trade and the vicious gangs that run that filthy business, a high degree of violence was unavoidable. The main weakness of this book is its failure to present any truly compelling, sympathetic characters that the reader is likely to care about. Forsythe is a great story teller but (with a few exceptions such as The Dourth Protocol and The Veteran) that remoteness and one-dimensionality of characters is a frequent shortcoming in most of his books.
The final message of this book is a sad commentary on the unwillingness of western societies to face up to the realities that we face nowadays. Nevertheless, it makes for an easy, diversionary read that doesn't demand a lot of effort, a good respite from more substantial fare.

Mar 06, 2013

My first Forsyth. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I'll be reading more. A well written and organized implementation of an impossible(?) hypothesis. Morally acceptable ending??

stone51402 Dec 09, 2012

Fast-paced, easy read that keeps you interested and turning the page.

Nov 18, 2010

Fantastic! One of 2010s very best! Outstanding! 10 of 10 stars

One of 2010s very best! Outstanding! 10 of 10 stars

Nov 11, 2010

A good read with lots of detail. I read late into the night as it did capture my attendtion.

Didn't end as I had expected, and was a little disappointed.

Sep 04, 2010

Given Forsyth's standards, Cobra is disappointing.

Lots of facts about drugs moving from Colombia throughout the world and I am sure all the facts were researched, but that's the problem with the book: its a book of facts, not a story.

Each "fact" is presented to the readers but there is nothing gripping happening like in his previous thriller books for which he became famous. Disappointed.


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